Snowed in! Might as well make some beef stew!

Chicago recently suffered the worst snowstorm since 1967, blanketing the city with 20 inches of snow. Thousands of cars were stranded on Lake Shore Drive, waves were registered at 14-20 feet on Lake Michigan, and lightning and thunder filled the skies, a truly amazing spectacle. Now forecasters are predicting bitter cold temperatures for this weekend. So what did we do? Naturally, we had to go out and check it out! Here are some pics of downtown and of my puppies at the dog park the day after:

View out of our apartment on Canal and Lake St.

Wabash street


Train tracks on fire so the switches don't freeze


Mr. Big and Lola playing in the snow

Lola's first winter

Mr. Big loves the snow

Our stay at the park was rather short due to the cold wind but as you can see, we were having a blast! I figured, what could be better than some warm beef stew on a day like this? So whipped out my trusty crock pot I have raved about (here) (here) and (here).


Beef stew in the crock pot


  • 2lbs beef cut into bite sized cubes
  • ¼ cup of whole wheat flour
  • Potatoes peeled and diced (3-4)
  • Carrots peeled and diced (6-7)
  • Celery diced (about 1 stalk)
  • Onions chopped (1-2)
  • 1 ½ cups of low sodium beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire
  • Garlic (about 1 clove)
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon of course ground pepper
  • 1 bay leaf


  1. Place beef in a large plastic bag. Combine ¼ cup flour with ½ teaspoon salt; pour into the bag with the meat, and shake to coat.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef, and cook until evenly browned on the outside. Transfer to a slow cooker along with remaining ingredients.
  3. Cover, and cook on low for 9-10 hours or on high for 4-6 hours.
  4. Stir stew before serving, and enjoy!

Did anyone else experience this historic storm? What is your favorite cold weather meal?


6 responses to “Snowed in! Might as well make some beef stew!

  1. That storm is crazy! I saw some coverage on the news of the people that got stuck on Lake Shore Drive. I would have had a heart attack if that happened to me!

  2. Wow! that sounds like a crazy storm! We got snow but not as much as you! I did get to stay home from work though! Cannot beat that!

  3. WOW what a storm!!! thats crazy!! im certainly FAR away from all of it!.. my fav cold weather food is OATMEAL!!

  4. Ohmygosh – that’s a crazy amount of snow! Enjoy it, but make sure you stay safe driving and whatnot! 🙂

  5. I didn’t realize you were in Chicago! I’m originally from Rockford (not sure if you’re familiar with it). I definitely remember those crazy, heavy snow days. I moved to Charlotte a little over 3 years ago and here everyone freaks out if we get over an inch! 🙂

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